- Amazon just opened a pharmacy, allowing shoppers to get prescription drugs delivered with no delivery fee.
- Here’s all the steps I took to get my prescription medication delivered to me through Amazon.
- I learned the company does not yet offer 90-day fills, nor does it automatically refill prescriptions.
- Amazon said free delivery would take five days for my script because I am not a Prime member.
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Amazon just opened a pharmacy, allowing shoppers to get prescription drugs delivered like they would clothes or home supplies.
Amazon Pharmacy, which launched Tuesday, offers to deliver most generic and name-brand prescription drugs to most US customers with no delivery fee. Doctors can call in prescription orders straight to Amazon, or pharmacies like CVS can transfer them.
Amazon Prime members get special benefits, like discounts up to 80% on generic drugs and 40% on brand-name medications when paying without insurance, as well as two-day delivery. The service is not available in Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, or Minnesota.
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I decided to see how the process works first hand by ordering my prescription medicine through Amazon. I am not a Prime member, but the ease of getting my medicine delivered during the pandemic appealed to me.
I quickly signed up for the service, but Amazon said it takes days to get prescriptions transferred from other pharmacies. After I asked my prescriber to transfer my medicine, the company said free delivery would take 5 days.
“Starting right from the Amazon.com store it’s easy to type in a medication name and see availability and any savings for Prime members,” Amazon spokesperson Jacquelyn Miller said. “Before checking out, customers with insurance on file can compare their co-pay, the price without insurance or the available savings with the new Prime prescription savings benefit to choose their lowest price option.”
Here’s all the steps I took to get my medication from Amazon Pharmacy. Amazon was not immediately available for comment.